Yesterday, April 25, 2013, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Board of Directors voted to enact Stage 3 of the NTMWD Water Conservation and Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan.
What exactly does this incredibly long announcement mean? Beginning June 1, residents living in cities within the NTMWD service area will be restricted to watering with sprinklers and irrigation systems once every seven days.
You heard that right; once every seven days. Although that may seem like a death sentence for your lawn, it really doesn’t have to be! Most Texas grasses only require one inch of water to stay healthy. WaterIQ suggests setting out an old soup can on your lawn while running your sprinkler system and timing how long it takes to fill up with an inch of water. However long it takes is how long you’ll need to run your irrigation system each week. It’s as simple as that!
Here are a few more methods for preserving your landscape during this summer’s Stage 3 restrictions, courtesy of WaterIQ:
- Don’t abuse your automatic sprinkler systems. Consider installing a soil moisture monitoring system such as those provided by UgMO Technologies.
- Prevent evaporation by running your sprinklers in the morning or the evening.
- Consider planting native Texas trees, shrubs and grasses as they require less water.
- For oddly shaped areas not covered by your sprinkler system, install some native Texas groundcover.
- Don’t mow your lawn shorter than three inches. Longer grass holds moisture much better than short grass.
- Leave your lawn clippings in the yard rather than bagging them. This can also help contain moisture in the soil. Mulching lawnmowers, such as those used by Complete Landsculpture, are perfect for this task as they chop grass clippings into fine particles which deliver nutrients to your soil while helping to retain moisture.
- Contact Complete Landsculpture to schedule an irrigation check with our Certified Irrigation Specialists. And while you’re at it, consider scheduling weekly landscape maintenance with our professional landscaping teams to make sure your yard lasts through another southern summer.
By: Wylee Wooldridge